My daughter has been wanting to get out for ages and so on the Saturday I took her out with the light gear in the Tyne.
It was really tough going due to a strong wind and even though we had no fish in the few hours we were out, she enjoyed herself. She was asking to go out again the next day but I would have had to tie her to the railings for fear of her being blown away!
On the Sunday I got out for an hour or two with my son to try a mark a little upriver from where we usually fish. Having stopped by yesterday at low water I was sure it would hold fish.
When we got down to the mark a few hours before high water the tide had not flooded enough to fish here and so we spent the first hour on our usual mark opposite B&Q on Scotswood road. It was really windy today also which made using the light gear challenging. Nonetheless my son managed two flatties in this first hour and I managed a decent eel. Both taking fresh crab baits.
|Apologies for the bad pic. It's tough holding eels and taking a phone pic at the same time!|
An hour before High Water we made the move to the bridge upriver. As expected the wind was worse here. We stuck it out for a few casts and I managed a parasite-ridden flounder of around a pound from the main channel.
I am certain that on a calmer day this mark would be spot on for good sized flatties and eels although I think you would need to climb down the steep grass to fish to make retrieving the fish easier (definitely a no-no with the kids in tow)
We attempted to get another hour further down river out of the wind but by the time we arrived at a mark the tide had turned and the usual rubbish was hurtling down with the tide.
I decided against struggling on and so we left it at 4 fish total. Not bad for less than 2hrs.